Tasmania records new Covid case after NSW man travelled to the state, fears over Virgin flight



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A man has tested positive in Tasmania. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Jeremy PiperSource:News Corp Australia

Tasmania has recorded a new case of Covid-19 for the first time in 12 months.

The infected 31-year-old man travelled to the state from NSW after crossing the Victorian border and then onto Tasmania.

Premier Peter Gutwein said the community should not be alarmed as the man has been in quarantine.

But he did pass through two airport terminals, Melbourne and Launceston. There are concerns for those on his flight, VA1364, departing at 10.40am.

“Anyone who travelled on that flight should immediately self isolate and wait for public health to contact them,” the premier said.

Mr Gutwein said the man was not given a clearance to travel to Tasmania from NSW.

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Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced the new case.Source:News Corp Australia

“He arrived without having an endorsed pass,” he said.

The man was directed to quarantine and then tested positive for coronavirus.

He flew into Launceston on August 2 and tested positive in hotel quarantine before returning to NSW on August 4.

The man did not spend any time in the Tasmanian community.

“Again, I do want to make the point that this is not a case of community transmission,” Mr Gutwein said.

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